Summit Foundation hires development director
FRISCO – The Summit Foundation, the largest grant-giving organization in Summit County, announced the hiring of Judi LaPoint Thursday as development director.
LaPoint, an Arvada native, is coming from her position as the senior director of strategic planning for U.S. West-Dex, the former publishing group of the White and Yellow Pages.
“I’ve got an 100-day plan,” LaPoint said to a group of board members and the media. “I’m going to be interviewing donors, those who decided not to give, members of the community we support, board members and anybody else who will help me figure out the proper direction to go.”
LaPoint takes over for Kim DiLallo, the organization’s first development director. DiLallo recently took a communications and marketing position with the town of Breckenridge.
“Judi’s coming in in the middle of the year and jumping right into the fire,” Summit Foundation executive director Deb Edwards said. “We had goals and plans that Kim started, that Judi will be working towards. She’s already grabbed the reigns and taken off.”
The Summit Foundation granted $792,583 to Summit County agencies and youth scholarship funds last year. Since 1986, the organization has given more than $5 million to the community, including grants to nonprofits in Grand, Park and Lake counties.
One goal for LaPoint will be to solve a dip in giving.
“Primarily, I believe the economy is tough,” LaPoint said. “I think one of my challenges is to make people understand that when the economy is tough on us, it’s extremely tough on those less fortunate.”
Thursday also marked the announcement of a gift to the foundation by the Summit County Builders Association.
Local builders will construct and auction off four playhouses for kids. They will be featured in Frisco’s Fourth of July parade and be for sale until the Parade of Homes in September.
All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Summit Foundation.
The next major event planned by the foundation is the Mountain Arts Gathering, Aug. 1-3, at River Run in Keystone, where 20 percent of the proceeds from arts sales will go toward charity.
The next event, the Rubber Duck race, is scheduled for Aug. 30 on the Blue River in Breckenridge. The final event, scheduled for Nov. 21, is run by miZuppa, which sells soup and gives donations to the foundation.
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